BRING BACK THE BRASS
THE METALLIC WITH A MULTITUDE OF FACETS TO SUIT ANY DESIGN THEME
Everyone has their favourite ice cream flavour, interior style, place to visit, and of course, coffee order (it’s a triple, venti, half-sweet, soy, caramel macchiato for me).
The same goes for metallics. Of course, I am biased but, in my opinion, brass is best. Brass is the ultimate chameleon because it’s completely versatile and lends itself to so many different styles.
If we witness classical European architecture, there is no doubt that brass was the dominating metal for its longevity and traditional aesthetics.
Then again in the 1970s and 1980s, brass décor was stylish and in demand due to its shine and lacquer.
When sleek and modern design trends hit during the 1990s and 2000s, we saw chrome and aluminium take over the market. However, just as quickly as trends come
into style, their popularity declines. With recent movements towards sustainability, ethical purchasing and a new-found affair with the past, we have started adopting things with a story, history and bespoke craftsmanship. Enter, brass!
As a go-to for designers for many years, its versatile characteristics and high quality offer decorators confidence in introducing the metal into an interior. Raw or shiny, folded or beaten, brass instinctively complements numerous styles and interior spaces.
In more recent times, brass is often used in industrial and eclectic spaces, which is far from its original intended purpose.
Unlike alternative metals, solid brass is perfect for wet areas and living by the beach, making it the metal of choice for coastal locations.
Take light fittings, for example.
While there is some maintenance involved with brass, it’s nothing compared with the cost of replacing something such as chrome or low-quality stainless.
Introducing brass into an interior is a simple and easy way to add a touch of class, elegance, depth and interest to your space.
Keeping brass in small details is best, including decor, door handles and tapware, small embedded accents and lights.
“History repeating itself” seems to be the phrase behind the resurgence of this beautiful metal.
I hope consumers and designers really experiment with brass in interior design, due to its hard-wearing qualities and timeless appeal.
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